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The wealthy were often not drafted, but if one was drafted he could usually bribe an official with a drink and some money. The cost to hire a substitute was as much as $1000 (an enormous sum at a time when $500 was the average annual income). However, with the flat fee set at $300 for exemption from a single draft call, a substitute could have been cheaper in the long run.

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